Portable External Drive, recomendation please

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Becko, Aug 12, 2010.

  1. Becko macrumors member

    Jan 29, 2010
    Since not all Portable External Drives are Mac compatible, I need to ask for your advise,

    Any 250gb or 320gb will be ok, of course something high quality, and compact as well.

    Thanks a lot.
  2. plinden macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2004
    I've just ordered a Mercury On-the-go, triple interface, 500GB. I haven't got it yet, so can't tell you how good it is, but although it won't win any beauty contests, it's had good reviews.
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    All portable external drives ARE Mac-compatible.

    Mac Guide on External Hard Drives

    Any external hard drive will work with PCs or Macs, as long as the connectors are there (Firewire, USB, etc.) It doesn't matter how the drive is formatted out of the box, since you can re-format any way you like. Formatting in HFS (Mac OS Extended) or FAT32 or NTFS-3G can be done with the Mac OS X Disk Utility.

    • Read/Write FAT32 from both native Windows and native Mac OS X.
    • No individual file larger than 4GB.
    • Read/Write HFS from native Mac OS X
    • To Read/Write HFS from Windows, Install MacDrive
    • To Read HFS (but not Write) from Windows, Install HFSExplorer

    Searching the forum with MRoogle will usually find answers to most of your questions:

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  4. AppleCode macrumors regular


    Jul 28, 2010
  5. NCW macrumors regular


    May 22, 2010
  6. Becko thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 29, 2010
    Thank you all very much for your replies and time.

    I will made my research with the information provided.

    Thanks again =)
  7. mangrove macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2010
    FL, USA
    Just format your drive and it's compatible with your Mac. If your Mac does not recognize the drive it asks if you want to initialize it and off you go-its done in a just a few minutes.

    Get a FW800 if it works with your Mac. They are faster by far. I have more than one, but the LaCie Rugged 500GB FW800 7200rpm is TERRIFIC! and portable. Even the Apple store Genius bar uses this type near me.

    Give it a study.

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